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2015 Global Security Forum

November 16, 2015 • 8:00 am – 3:30 pm EST

The 2015 Global Security Forum will be held on Monday, November 16th from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at CSIS headquarters located at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.


Opening Session: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Address (Transcript)

Keynote Address by:
John O. Brennan
Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Morning Breakout Sessions I: 9:30-10:45 a.m.

I. Russia's Strategic Vision

Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Former Ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, India, Israel, and Jordan

Michael Vickers
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

Olga Oliker
Senior Adviser and Director, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS

II. Counter-Coercion Strategies: Assessing U.S. Next Steps in Maritime Asia

Michael Green
Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS
Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Georgetown University

Christopher Johnson
Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS

Kathleen Hicks
Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, Director of the International Security Program, CSIS

III. Another Last Supper for the Defense Industry?

Denis Bovin
Senior Advisor, Evercore Partners

André Gudger
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy

William Lynn
CEO, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies

Vago Muradian
Editor, Defense News

Andrew Hunter
Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS

IV. The Geopolitical Implications of Europe's Migration Crisis

Philipp Ackerman
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States

Geoff Dyer
Financial Times Correspondent, Washington Bureau

Eric Schwartz
Dean, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Catherine Wiesner
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration 

Video Presentation:
Kelly Clements
Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Heather Conley
Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and Director, Europe Program, CSIS

Morning Breakout Sessions II: 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

I. The Defense Budget and Reform After the Deal

Christian Brose
Staff Director, Senate Armed Services Committee

Tina Jonas
Former Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, CSIS

Steve Kosiak
Former Associate Director for Defense and International Affairs, Office of Management and Budget

Todd Harrison
Director, Defense Budget Analysis and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS

II. Beyond TPP: U.S. Economic Strategy for Asia

Ernie Bower
Senior Adviser and Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asian Studies, CSIS

Scott Miller
Senior Adviser and Scholl Chair in International Business, CSIS

Murray Hiebert
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asian Studies, CSIS


III. Bulls, Bears and Polar Bears: An Energy Market Outlook

Michael Cohen
Head of Energy Commodities Research, Barclays

Michelle Patron
Former Senior Director for Energy and Climate, National Security Council

Adam Sieminski
Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

Michael Wittner
Managing Director and Global Head of Oil Market Research, Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking

Sarah Ladislaw
Director, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS

Frank Verrastro
Senior Vice President and James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy & Geopolitics, CSIS

IV. The Human Crisis in Syria and Iraq: What Can be Done?

Jason Cone
Executive Director, Médecins Sans Frontières/USA

Rebecca Hersman
Director, Project on Nuclear Issues and Senior Adviser, International Security Program, CSIS

Jeremy Konyndyk
Director, Office of Foreign Disaster Relief, USAID

Robert Mardini
Regional Director for the Middle East, International Committee of the Red Cross

Steve Morrison
Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS



Lunch: 12:15-1:00 p.m

Mid-Day Plenary Session: 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Foreign Policy Priorities for the Next Administration

Derek Chollet
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy, German Marshall Fund

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky
Former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Senior Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard University

Mackenzie Eaglen
Resident Fellow, America Enterprise Institute

Daniel Kurtz-Phelan
International Security Program Fellow, New America

Arshad Mohammed



Closing Plenary Session: 2:30-3:30 p.m.


Iran and the Way Forward in the Middle East:
A Conversation with Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger
Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor

John Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS




John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Clark A. Murdock

Clark A. Murdock

Former Senior Adviser (Non-resident), International Security Program
Talia Dubovi
Senior Associate (Non-Resident), Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project
Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program
Charles B. Curtis
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Frank A. Verrastro
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Sarah Ladislaw

Sarah Ladislaw

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
James Andrew Lewis
Senior Vice President; Pritzker Chair; and Director, Strategic Technologies Program
Juan C. Zarate
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Warfare, Irregular Threats, and Terrorism Program and Human Rights Initiative

Heather A. Conley

Kathleen H. Hicks

Andrew Philip Hunter